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Karen cunningham, Senior Counsel


Ms. Cunningham holds an Honours Degree in Political Science graduating Summa Cum Laude, First-Class Standing, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1991. She then obtained her Doctors of Jurisprudence from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario in 1994. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1996. In 1997 Ms. Cunningham launched her law practice. She is the Senior Counsel at Cunningham Law Professional Corporation, a law firm situated in Mississauga, Ontario. She practices primarily in the areas of Family Law, Wills and Estate Administration, Employment Law, and Corporate-Commercial Law. In addition to managing a successful law firm in Canada, Ms. Cunningham is also a licensed attorney-at-law in Jamaica, West Indies.

In 2011 Ms. Cunningham completed her training in mediation and arbitration and has obtained certificates in Conflict Management: Negotiation & Mediation Levels I and II from the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies’ Certificate Program in Conflict Management, offered through the Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo, and in Arbitration from the ADR Institute of Ontario. In addition to practicing law, Ms. Cunningham is a Mediator and Director of Dispute Resolution at Global Mediation Network Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario. She is also a member of Family Mediation Canada.

Ms. Cunningham has appeared as keynote speaker and panelist at many events sharing her knowledge about the law and is most passionate when addressing an audience of young people and those young at heart as she inspires them to pursue their dreams and to never quit despite the obstacles they may encounter. She has also appeared on CHRY Radio, G98.7 FM, and CHSC 1220 AM expressing her legal opinion on current issues of the day.

Ms. Cunningham is devoted to enriching the lives of our youth and has been a volunteer and avid supporter of such organizations as the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) and a teacher with the Children’s Church at Praise Cathedral Worship Centre where she is also a member, the Spelling Bee of Canada where she is a mentor and coach to students as they prepare for spelling competitions, and she has also officiated as a Judge at the Regional Competition level. She is a donor and supporter of such organizations as the Reachout Committee, an organization devoted to addressing the problems of youths from all cultural backgrounds; DAM, a drop in centre for youths, and the Jamaica Visionaries Association, an organization dedicated to helping the poor and needy in Jamaica.

Through her law firm, Ms. Cunningham also offers scholarships and placements to students in co-operative education programs, and to students who have a genuine interest in becoming a lawyer or paralegal.

Ms. Cunningham is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a member of its Lawyer Referral Program. In 1991 the Law Society honored her with the Law Society Education Equity Award presented to her by His Royal Highness Prince Charles of England and Wales.

She is also a member of the Peel Law Association, the Canadian Christian Business Federation, and the Christian Legal Fellowship.

To schedule a consultation with Karen, please give us a call.

Athena McBean 

Athena McBean articled with Cunningham Law and joined the firm as an associate in 2017 upon her call to the Ontario Bar.

Athena earned her LLB from the University of Leicester in England where she was awarded the Gateley Legal Equity and Trusts Prize for achieving the best overall performance in Equity & Trusts. She obtained her Masters of Law from Osgoode Hal Law School through the Professional Development Program. She also holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Human Biology, Psychology and French from the University of Toronto.

Areas of practice: Wills & Estates, Estate Litigation, Civil Litigation, Professional Negligence/Liability

To schedule a consultation with Athena, please give us a call.

Lydia Jackson-lawrence 

Lydia is an associate with Cunningham Law  practicing in the areas of family law, civil litigation, wills and estates law. Lydia joined the firm in 2017. Before joining Cunningham Law  she worked as  a sole practitioner since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2012. Lydia obtained her Bachelors of Laws degree (LLB Hons.) from the University of the West Indies, a Legal Education Certificate from Norman Manley Law School and was called to the Jamaican Bar in 1999. Prior to migrating to Canada, she worked in private practice, as well as, for various government entities in Jamaica in the areas of civil litigation, family law, international trade law, pension law, real estate and construction law.

To schedule a consultation with Lydia, please give us a call.


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